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Took the BEAD Plunge

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Squanch72, Jan 18, 2013.


  1. Squanch72

    Squanch72 Supporting Member

    Sep 25, 2008
    Hampton Roads Virginia
    Since I have an extra PBass I decided to give it a shot, I havr had 5 and 6 strings in the past but always sold them and stayed with fours. Simple to do I have a tiny file set from Harbor Freight and took my time and filed the nut and the E and A string holes on the bridge. Oh I used an old Yamaha BB300. I probably went a little nuts and went too heavy on the string gauges but I figured it is only a 34 inch scale bass. I used the Daddario heavy gauge 110 set for the bottom three strings and a single 145 guage for the Low B. I was hoping to keep the tension close. Anyway really cool to have a low B in the arsenal, and keep the feel of a four banger. I may experiment with using a capo for C, D, E changes on the fly.
     
  2. QweziRider

    QweziRider Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2008
    Las Vegas
    I absolutely love using BEAD. It helped me get back that low string without taking a drill to my Rick for a 5 string conversion. I can live much better without the G than I can without the B.
     
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  4. Doodaddy

    Doodaddy Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2005
    West Monroe, LA
    If I were ever forced by gun to play a four string, this would be the direction I took.
     
  5. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
    For a 4 string I prefer DGCF.

    For a 5 string I prefer BEADG.
     
  6. QweziRider

    QweziRider Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2008
    Las Vegas
    Ric5, what's the advantage you get of DGCF over BEAD? Is there a bit higher tension that gives you better resonance or am I off track with that?

    By the way, I'm not knocking you 4-2-5ers at all. Your work is beautiful. Mine, on the other hand, sucks, so I went BEAD on my last Rick.
     
  7. 4stringfiend

    4stringfiend

    Jan 15, 2012
    SF Bay Area
    D standard is lower tension.
     
  8. QweziRider

    QweziRider Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2008
    Las Vegas
    Got it, I think. Just tuning to D with a standard E gauge string?
     
  9. 4stringfiend

    4stringfiend

    Jan 15, 2012
    SF Bay Area
    Yeah, it's dropping all strings a whole step.
     
  10. khutch

    khutch Praise Harp Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    suburban Chicago
    If you buy single strings to build custom sets through Bass Strings Online or Circle K Strings then your choice of tuning is completely decoupled from your string tension. You can get any tension with any tuning keeping in mind that if you want a very low tuning and very high tension you will need to use very large strings! I've been tuning in fifths (CGDA) for about a year and I agree that it is great to get those low notes on a four string. If you go BEAD on a 24 fret four string then you really only lack a half step compared to the highest note available on those millions and millions of 20 fret EADG four string basses....

    Ken
     
  11. f.c.geil

    f.c.geil I'm your huckleberry... Supporting Member

    May 12, 2011
    Saint Johns, Michigan
    I bought a set of Jamersons, and am thinking about tuning DGCF to reduce tension. They should be perfect for that, still a little heavy and thumpy, but more in line with standard strings (.105 E vs. .110 D).
     
  12. The Yamaha BB300 is an excellent platform for down tuning. Mine is set up for F#BEA. Had to change the bridge to accomodate the F#.
     
  13. 4stringfiend

    4stringfiend

    Jan 15, 2012
    SF Bay Area
    I never thought about that, but its very true! :bassist: I'm sure I could sneak it into a jam and nobody will ever know
     
  14. Squanch72

    Squanch72 Supporting Member

    Sep 25, 2008
    Hampton Roads Virginia
    I love that 145 guage Daddario for the B string, not sloppy at all.
     



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